Summary: My first GPS was a Garmin V that I bought 5 years ago. This was my comparison point. I bought the TomTom instead of Garmin C340 because it has a bigger screen and support different audio languages, but I decided to return the equipment after a week of use and claimed a refund. My old Garmin has a lot more information than this TomTom. I verified this GPS has the last US map and download an update of shopping centers but was not enough.
A few nice points, but very dangerous due to bad maps.
2 February 2007
Summary: I bought this unit for my father. He doesn't speak English, and TomTom is the only unit that can give directions in the language he needs. The unit speaks 36 languages. Another nice point about TomTom is the large 4-inch screen, which is important to an older person. Similar-sized Garmin (Nuvi 660) is a lot more expensive. But that's where the nice points end, and the problems begin. First, the unit can only be mounted on the windshield.
Summary: This Go 510 performed perfectly for close on 18 months then an updated download from the TomTom internet site went wrong. TomTom internet support was excellent but try as they might, the unit would just not function correctly. After several attempts following their instructions, TomTom support decided that the downloaded hardware update was corrupt and authorised me to return the unit to them in Holland for repair. Postage was by a pre-paid address lable from them.
Excerpt: Unfortunately, I can't say a lot of postives about this model, But here goes. The screen is big and is really easy to navigate. I also like the fact that it has bluetooth that you can use your phone with in order to make it hands free. It has alot of information on them and is very upto date. It also alerts to speed cameras etc which i think most may have anyway now.
Summary: I've had this particular version now, for about 3 months and would like to share my thoughts ... 1st off - if you read other reviews you'll hear a load of complaints, let me put my perspective on things; - Car mount cradle. So far I've had no real issues. It can be a bit fiddly to actually mount as you have to twist part of it to lock it into place, but I've done it a few times now and takes no more than about a minute.
Summary: I did some research on these & spoke to a friend who bought one. No issues with the setup & installing using the HOME software. The windscreen cradle is a bit awkward to fit in a hurry (I have an A4) but no doubt I will get used to it. Just wish there was a dashboard mount available. Having one or two issues with handsfree though. My friend can send/receive texts on his but I just found out my phone is not supported for that feature (Nokia N73) - oh well!!
Summary: Having read various reviews and searched many websites I thought the 510 would be the ideal unit for me. I bought it because it seemed to offer a sat nav unit, camera detector and speed limit advisor all in one. The speed limit advisor only seems to works on major roads,(and i know a motorway is 70 mph)and some tributaries, A roads. The sat nav is not totally intelligent, it told me to turn right at a no right turn junction for instance.
Summary: This is my first Satnav and on the whole I am fairly satisfied. I must agree with the other reviews in that recharging whilst driving is impossble, (my wife had to have it on her lap). I have just done a 500 mile round trip and due to the docking cradle being dodgy I had to place a book under it so I could see it. The actual system is great and I have no complaints their, just the docking system.
Summary: I have had my TomTom 510 for nearly two weeks now and have covered about 1000 miles in that time. Initially the mount was very secure and the unit didn't come unstuck from the windscreen. It didn't stop charging due to a loose connection either. After about 5 trips I did notice the connection becoming more loose. It now only takes a little knock to stop it charging.
Summary: Unlike the other reviewers, I did not have a problem with charging unit on the windscreen mount but did have the problem with the home cradle. I returned the first unit when it refused to pick up GPS signals anywhere in the country! The second unit has been used for a week and so far no problems. I would overall reccomend this product as it works much better than the Navman 530 I tried earlier.